This is Part 2 of Stephen Willson’s biting critique of the McHenry County College Board’s decision-making process that consultants hope will lead to the issuance of $42 million in bonds without a public vote. Interspersed among his comments are the essential slides presented before Board members decided to approve Phase Two at the cost of $50,000. The images are what the Board saw before deciding to move ahead on what is called “a public-private partnership.”
The slide show provides
- no information on whether current facilities are sufficient to meet student demand,
- no evidence that there is substantial unmet demand by students for the proposed classes,
- no evidence of sufficient demand by employers for graduates of the proposed programs,
- no justification for building a government operated health club,
- no discussion of competing health clubs or health classes,
- no explanation of a competitive advantage for the proposed health club or evidence to support projected membership.
Paying Power Wellness and Wight $50,000 to tell MCC whether or not to build a big new health club makes as much sense as paying the local Ford dealer $50,000 to advise you what new cars you need.
You know the answer you’re going to get!
Sadly, a consultant was never even needed.
First, the questions that should have been asked and answered don’t take a rocket scientist!
More tomorrow. (The College Board will meet tomorrow night. One item of discussion will be this $42 million project.)
Part 1 is here.
Part 3 is here.